Hi folks. This will be the Meta Camel's first post.
I have an AMD Athlon +1700 processor desktop computer with 4gigs of RAM and a glorified 80 Gigabyte hard drive. It doesn't even have a modem(no graphics card, either). All in all, though, its a great workhorse for editing SGF files, typesetting, math calculations, playing music, NetHack, and just all around goofing off and hijinks.
Though, to answer your questions, she's lasted waay more than five years. I am quite satisfied.
Total Price: Just under $300 dollars.
I do wish she had a modem, though...(mutter, mutter...)